Ladybugs or lady beetle is the most beneficial insect for the gardener. The egg is the first stage of their life cycle. Generally, a ladybug should pass through four stages to reach the final stage and become an adult.
Ladybug eggs need four to ten days to hatch, depend on the environmental variables and the species. Familiarizing yourself with ladybug eggs or getting to know about them is important if you are a gardener.
This tiny insect can help you to protect your garden from a lot of pests that may harm your lovely plant. Since they are a voracious predator, they will get rid of all the pests in no time.
How Many Eggs Ladybug Lay
Once a female ladybug mate, it will stay with a male ladybug (copulate) for more than two hours at a time. The male ladybug’s sperm will be store by female ladybug for around two until three months before it lays her eggs.
Mother ladybug most likely lays its eggs in the place where food is plentiful. Usually, the mother ladybug lays about 10 to 50 eggs in a cluster. But in the spring and early summer, a female ladybug might produce up to 1000 eggs and lay up to 1000 eggs in its lifetime.
Moreover, they are not only laying the fertile eggs but also the infertile eggs in the same cluster. It is intended to become the food supply for their fertile eggs, once they hatch.
Although they always look for a place with abundant food supply to lay their eggs, sometimes the environment and climate can change so fast. So as a precautionary, they lay both the eggs in the same cluster to help their baby survive and not suffer from hunger.
Because once the eggs hatch and they entering the first instar (developmental stage of ladybug larvae) they should find food quickly. Else they will die.
What Ladybug Eggs Look Like
Since there are a lot of species, their eggs are also slightly different one to another. One can be almost white, pale-yellow, a bright orange, pink, red, and even black. The well-known ladybug eggs are usually pale-yellow.
They are wide and clustered so tight together. Also, they are so tiny, only about 1 mm in height. You can found them easily underside the leaves or even on flower pots in the garden where there is a lot of aphids, scale, or mealybug. But it might be a little bit hard to see since it is tiny.
How to Take Care for Ladybug Eggs
Ladybug eggs don’t need much care. But when it turns into the next stage (larvae), they need to feed as soon as possible after hatching. If not, they won’t be able to survive. You can take a small container or jar approximately four to seven inches and put your ladybug eggs there.
Since they love humidity, you need to keep their place moisture by putting a damp paper towel. One thing that you need to keep in mind is, ladybug eggs usually being lay by their mother in a cluster (around 10 to 50 eggs). Some are fertile and the others are not.
So if you decide to pet them from their first stage (egg), it is better to prepare sufficient food for them too despite keeping their place humid. It is so important to keep them survive so you can observe their life cycle goodly (if that is the reason you want to pet them).
Don’t forget to make small air holes in the container lid and put some leaves into the jar for the ladybug to cling to. Change the paper towels regularly when it dries out. So the humidity in their place will be good and there’s no problem during their development time.
Ladybug Eggs White
Since ladybugs have a lot of species, their eggs also come in many different colors including white. Also over 300 species ladybug are living in North America.
Mostly female ladybug lays their eggs underside the leaves to protect them from the weather as well as being seen by flying predators. In common, ladybugs are yellow or red with black dots. The colors are often in contrasting pairs.
The well-known one is red and black or yellow and black. Some of their species are spotted, have stripes, and have a checked pattern. Ladybug is a tiny and cute insect. There’s a lot of baby’s and kid’s accessories that used their image or shape.
So most kids are familiar with them and love it. Since they are lovable and familiar by the kids, why don’t you try to pet one and observe their life cycle with your kid? The ladybug life cycle is so wonderful. Observing it will be a good activity for the kids and they will be happy to do so.
After observing their life cycle from the first stage (Ladybug eggs), then it will be better if you release the adult ladybug in the garden once springtime comes to reunite with their companion.